You are the captain of a starship venturing through a massive open universe. Customize your crew and take command at the helm of your very own ship as you explore an galaxy torn apart by internal strife, alien threats, and political intrigue.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We plan to use Early Access as a way to encourage two-way communication and a feedback loop with a larger player community. Early Access will give us a chance to observe more Captains testing the game’s balance – and we will use this input to further fine tune the political, crew, and combat simulators.

Trese Brothers Games has a proven record of updating and supporting games post-release. For example, Templar Battleforce has seen 76 updates on Steam – and we’ve never required an uninstall or broken a saved game. We plan to keep that commitment throughout the Star Traders: Frontiers Early Access cycle.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We estimate that Star Traders: Frontiers will be in Early Access for about six months.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“According to estimates, Star Traders: Frontiers has about 75% of the planned features and about 40% of the planned content and storylines. In total, we estimate that STF is around 60% to 70% complete. The full game will be expanded and polished based on community feedback and from our existing roadmap. There are new system-level features planned such as fighter support in ship-to-ship combat – and we will continue releases of new and evolving story arcs.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

Star Traders: Frontiers is 75% feature complete and offers many hours of gameplay and replayability. As a sandbox game featuring procedurally-generated galaxies and characters, there are plenty of fun and viable play styles players can use as they navigate a large, evolving galaxy. While there’s fine-tuning, balancing and polishing to do on the game’s features, nearly all major game systems are online and working.

The game contains about 40% of the content and storyline that is planned for the full release. As we hammer out Early Access updates, we will be adding new content across the game – including ships, jobs, and crew visual designs. In addition, while the game already contains a number of storylines, this is the area where we have the most planned expansion. We’ll be adding new storylines to the game – some of which may require starting a new captain to play due to their timing within the world or other prerequisites.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We have no plans for changes to the game’s price.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We’re very active within our community. We’ll be on the Steam discussion boards, our own forum (http://startradersrpg.proboards.com/), Discord (https://discord.gg/PebN4Gx), and Twitch (https://go.twitch.tv/tresebrothers) taking suggestions and feedback. We have a proven track record of updating our games and working closely with our community – and we will continue that tradition with Star Traders: Frontiers.”
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December 15

Update #14: Unchain the Ships of War



In the first month of Early Access, our understanding of the balance of combat, the ships of war and the captains who command them has come forward by leaps and bounds. Seeing saved games, analytics, watching streamers, chatting with players and discussing on the Steam forums has -- as we knew it would -- helped us hone in on a series of major combat balance updates!

Before hitting the specifics below, let me ask that if you like our relentless pace of updates (14 meaty updates in a month!), please leave a review and tell a friend about how the Star Traders: Frontiers early access!

Without further adieu --

Enemy Captain, Officer and Crew
With the Unchained update, we have released all new enemy strategies into the game and updated all of the existing routines. This includes the enemy ship building engines as well as the AI to build captains, their officer corp and their crew. Captains will build more focused officer sets around their profession, as well as driving better crew allocations for their type of ship. Overall, we've rebuilt the foundation of what makes up an enemy crew. From here, we will be continue to work on improving the AI's ability to perform better at a variety of ranges, make more challenging tactical decisions, use a better variety of Talents and stop repeat stacking certain Talents.

On top of adding new smarts, variety and tricks to the enemy AI builder, we've added some rebalance, improvements and increased variety to the cargo holds of other ships traveling the Quadrants. Rumors relating to Merchant Fleets have been majorly increased as well.

+5 New Ships!
With new ships launching across many of the major Mass thresholds, this update almost increases the ship catalog by 30%. Including 3 new ship visual designs, these new models expand both the player and enemy captain's ability to build unique, different vessels for war, trading, spying or more.

We are continuing to work on our plan to add further differentiation to the ship hulls. More on that will be coming a bit down the line, but for now we're getting this new bevy of ships out to both your Captain and the AI's Captains!

Rumor Boosts
An equal number of risk and reward rumors have been buffed up for this release. Watch out for storms of all sorts, but revel in the riches of Artifact Find and Merchant Fleet.

In other news, we've added new wiki pages, fixed a bug that was causing Suppressing Fire and other knock-back Talents to steal turns, fixed the update routine for the service icons on the map and resolved all the reported crashes in the last release! The two man team here is working around the clock for big updates -- so enjoy and thanks for your feedback, reviews and shares.



v2.0.35 - 12/16/2017
- Reworked enemy Officer generator and Captain builder
- New Ship Artwork: Predator - Gold
- New Ship Artwork: Dreadnought
- New Ship Artwork: Warcruiser
- New 3400 Mass Ship: "Strikecruiser"
- New 5000 Mass Ship: "Solar Predator"
- New 5000 Mass Ship: "Paladin Defender"
- New 6000 Mass Ship: "Vengence Class"
- New 8000 Mass Ship: "Warhammer Class"
- New Ship Components: Hull Shielding, Battle Prow, Reinforced Officer Cabin
- Repriced Ship Components: Bridge, Cargo, Defensive
- Rebalanced Ship Components: Medical Chamber, Medical Bay, Hospital
- More Cargo Variety for Bounty Hunters, Smugglers, Pirates, Explorers, Xeno
- Adds support for more variable types and quantities of looted cargo
- Map markers (contact, mission, refuel, etc) now refresh
- Fixed issue with knock-back crew combat Talents (Supressing Fire, etc) stealing enemy's turn
- Rumors: 100% Increase in impact of 'Merchant Fleet' on cargo generator
- Rumors: Artifact Find Boost Increased by 50%
- Rumors: Better modifies power of Radiation Storms by difficulty (+30% on Impossible)
- Rumors: Boosted power of Ion and Meteor Storms on all difficulties
- Talents: Fixed issues with Ion and Radiation Storm Talents
- Fixes some bugs with score keeping on 'Crew Killed' scores
- Adds Wiki page for 'Contact Traits'
- Fixed issue with Retrain pricing
- Fixed issues with System counts in Galactic Map
- Fixed Crashes with Rumors, Contacts, Atlas Filters
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December 13

Update #13: Sharpen the Blade



A huge thanks goes out to all of our Captains for your generous feedback, suggestions and bug reports. The lively and engaging community here, on our Discord and across all our channels is dumping more Water-Fuel into our metaphorical Void Engines. Order another round of spice beer, because we've got more updates!

Before launching into the fun, I hope you'll take a minute to share STF with a friend and leave a review. We promised a relentless pace, and we're burning the engines hot to deliver. Many thanks for helping to share the game.

Boarding Talents and Crew Select
A significant balance change is included in this release for Boarding Talents. While in the past, only the Boarding Talents for the 4 crew members who boarded the enemy ship were available on victory, we've opened this up to a wider crew selection if you are at Range 1. In this case, any crew member on the ship can use a Boarding Talent, giving much more utility to the Mechanic and E-Tech Talents. Of course, you do have to close all the way to range 1, so get your Twitch Surge ready, boarders!

You can still board with Talents like the Gunners and Bounty Hunters from farther ranges, you only your 4 boarders can use Boarding Talents.

We've updated the crew selection screen based on player feedback to get the HP and Morale bars visible for the selected crew, making choices to swap out easier when you have wounded among the auto-select set.

Curve Smoothing
In a few areas with this release, we've smoothed out the curves or cut down on RNG. Travel events in the early game have been smoothed out to be significantly less impactful. We've also removed RNG from the healing Talents, which were causing some reports that they were not working.


Polish til It Shines
We've rebuilt the dialog showing details on a Quadrant in the Quadrant map as well updating the main status screen in prep for the upcoming ship component and upgrade UI rebuild. The on-going war for tooltips continues, and we've pushed in 16 new ones into the status screen stack. We are moving on toward new game now and will be annotating those screens to the dickens.

v2.0.33 - 12/13/2017
- Boarding Talents of any crew member can be used at Range 1, not only Boarding Combat Team
- Health and Morale visible while selecting crew for combat
- Improved presence of alert dot on Spice Hall, reliably there when spice is needed
- Improved Quadrant map dialog UI
- Fixed bugs with Terrifying Extortion Cargo
- Added support for 1280x720 windowed mode
- Smoothed balance curve for travel events in early game
- Removed RNG from Talent-based sources of Crew healing
- Fixed issues with "Treat Wounded" Ship Combat Talent
- Fixed issues with multiple instances of "Rough Interrogation"
- Fixed issue with Sharp Counter Talent allowing player or enemy AI to take back-to-back turns
- Increased Shielding for Fidelis Cutter, Paladin Cruiser
- Fixed bug preventing Ship Shielding from displaying correctly outside of combat
- Fixed issue with Armored Bulkheads 3 and 4
- Improved main status screen, added 16 new hovers
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About This Game

Command your ship and crew as a space pirate, merchant, bounty hunter, and more in Star Traders: Frontiers – an epic space RPG from Trese Brothers Games. Venture forth into a massive open universe, rich with adventure and the lore of the Star Traders. Choose your path by assembling and commanding your custom crew and spaceship in a constantly evolving galaxy torn by internal strife, political intrigue, and alien threats. Will you fly as a pirate terrorizing shipping lanes, join the solar wars as a military captain, or track targets across the stars as a fearsome bounty hunter?


  • Explore a rich, open universe: Discover endless procedurally-generated galactic maps, meet unique characters, and take on enemies to conquer the galaxy!
  • Become an intergalactic captain: Take on the role of a spy, smuggler, explorer, pirate, merchant, bounty hunter, and more (21 jobs total)!
  • Customize your own spaceship: Choose from more than 300 upgrades and build your very own vessel to venture across the vast reaches of space.
  • Assemble and tailor a loyal crew: Assign talents and equip specialized gear for every spaceship crew member.
  • Experience an ever-changing narrative: Decide to make friends or foes with other factions and influence political, economic, and personal vendettas.
  • No Second Chances! classic roguelike features including autosave, character permadeath (higher difficulties only), procedural maps and extraordinary replay


First there was the Exodus – when survivors of a great war left the ruins of the Galactic Core behind in search of a new home in the stars. Scattered worlds were claimed on the fringe of the galaxy. Each pocket of survivors held on to an isolated set of worlds while trying to rebuild under the great law of Shalun. Three centuries later, technology has brought them back together again. Discovery of the hyperwarp has bridged what was once an unimaginable distance between far-flung colonies, long-lost families, and political factions.

With that reunification has come great economic prosperity. The hyperwarp reestablished the transportation of cargo, goods, and technologies between the quadrants – but it has also brought great strife. Political rivalries have been rekindled, blood has been shed in age-old feuds, and the fires of war have been stoked. Amidst the political infighting, a ruthless revolution is rising – and the fervent explorers of the hyperwarp have awoken something that was better left asleep.


Our very first game, Star Traders RPG, took hundreds of thousands of gamers on an interstellar adventure. Star Traders’ success and overwhelmingly positive reception helped to launch Trese Brothers Games. It was the adventures of our community’s star-crossed captains that put us on a trajectory to share more of our worlds, ideas, and dreams.

We set out to capture the loneliness, bravery, and camaraderie of people living together in a spaceship sailing across the stars. It is with great pride that after releasing four other games in the Star Traders universe, we’ve created a sequel to the original Star Traders RPG.

Step onto the bridge of your starship, take to the stars, and create your own story in Star Traders: Frontiers.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 or higher
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Please make sure your video drivers are up-to-date!
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 10
    • Processor: 2.0+ Ghz
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 or higher
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Please make sure your video drivers are up-to-date!
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 or higher
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.10, 10.11
    • Processor: 2.0+ Ghz
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 or higher
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14+
    • Processor: 1.2 Ghz (32 or 64-bit)
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 or higher
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 16
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz (32 or 64-bit)
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 or higher
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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